Seven Authors I’m Dying to Meet

Posted May 12, 2015 by Carlisa in Features, Top Ten Tuesday / 19 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

My mom asked me a few days ago why I love to see authors in person. She’s an avid reader like myself but to her seeing the author in person isn’t necessary. It was almost hard for me to describe just why I get so excited to hear that an author that I love is coming nearby. I think it might have to do with past (and sometimes present) dreams of becoming an author myself. But mostly it’s just because I love reading and to meet the person who brought that book to life, who literally created it out of her mind and her experiences…well, that’s just amazing.

Just recently I was able to meet my first author: Lauren Oliver. She came to Salt Lake and even though it’s about an hour drive (and I didn’t have a car so I made my roommate take me), I made the trek and it was wonderful to meet her and hear what she had to say. Read about the event here!

Then, just this past weekend, I was able to drive down to Indianapolis (I’m back home in Indiana now) to meet Sarah Dessen, one of my long-time favorite authors. Again it was a wonderful experience. Read more about the event here (and don’t forget to enter to win a signed copy of her new book Saint Anything here!).

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So when I saw the Top Ten Tuesday prompt, I got very excited. I’ve met two of my favorite authors but of course there are more! I’m only going to do seven right now, because it takes a special author for me to claim them as a favorite…Sooooooo here we go:

  1. Marissa Meyer. I’m currently in the middle of the Cinder audiobook and I’m aching to get my fingers on the last book Winter coming out in November. It’s 842 pages and I’m so nerdy but that length makes me so happy. So with all the excitement and the great series that is Cinder, I’d love to meet her and hear what her inspirations were and what went into the creation of Cinder. I’m hoping she’ll come to Utah for her book tour this winter!
  2. J.K. Rowling. She’s probably going to be on almost every list but I don’t even care. She’s great and philanthropic and created one of the best series ever and she told off some haters in a major way on Twitter a few days ago…so she’s just awesome. I don’t think I really have to expand on that.
  3. Markus Zusak. I love the Book Thief and I just want to see the creator behind it. I follow him on Facebook I think and he’s always touring in Europe it seems and I just want him to come to where I live. Too much to ask? Probably yes, but oh well.
  4. Gail Carson Levine. I haven’t read anything by her for years but she’s the first author I remember absolutely loving. The first one whose books I just devoured (she wrote Ella Enchanted among others) when I was probably around 8 or 9 years old. When I first read her books is when I first realized that I wanted to be a writer. She inspired all of that and I’d love to get the chance to meet her and tell her the impact she had on my life.
  5. Suzanne Collins. Hunger Games. Bah. I just want to know what her inspirations were and how she feels about the movies and how whether or not she cried when she killed off that certain character in the third book who I’m not naming in case you haven’t read it. [If you haven’t read it, you’re in line for heartbreak when the last movie comes out in November.
  6. Jane Austen. Yes, I know she’s dead and I know it’s almost cliché to be a girl who loves Jane Austen…but I do and I want to be best friends with her. Have any of you seen the movie about her, Becoming Jane? So good.
  7. Rainbow Rowell. She just seems like a spunky and quirky author who is probably hilarious (her Twitter feed definitely is) and I would love to see that in person. Also her name is Rainbow. So, there’s that.

Here’s just 7 that I could think of. There are probably more that if I saw were coming within an hour of me, I’d jump on the opportunity…but, I just wrote an 1,000 word essay in 40 minutes (power of procrastination) and, as a result, I can’t think of any more. Blame the brain.

Which authors would you love to meet? Are there any that you’ve met that you’d think I’d like? Let me know!


  • I totally agree about Markus Zusak!! AND YES TO GAIL CARSON LEVINE! To meet the author of Ella Enchanted, omg.

    • Hahah, I’m glad you’re fangirling because if I ever met her, I’d probably just faint.

  • Reading Bifrost

    Gail Carson Levine! I’ve read a lot of her books- my favorite so far has been “Ever”.

    My TTT

    • I don’t know if I’ve ever read that one! But her stories are wonderful

  • There are so many good authors on your list! I’d love to meet Rainbow Rowell!

    • Yeah, it’d be awesome! Thanks for the visit 🙂

  • Carlisa, it’s awesome that you were able to meet two of your favorite authors, Lauren Oliver and Sarah Dessen! And, yes! I totally agree that meeting an author in person is something special and exciting. Some books are so excellently written, that I find it hard to believe a person could actually create such a masterpiece.

    This is my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday, and I love your banner for it. If it’s okay with you, would you mind if I used it in my own post? Of course, I’ll give credit! 🙂

    Thanks so much & love the blog!

    • Yeah, of course you can use it! I really appreciate that you asked, too. Also your blog is super cute and I just followed you! Welcome to TTT. I look forward to seeing more of your blog 🙂

  • Jo Elliott

    I had JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins and Markus Zusak on my list as well!
    My TTT:

    • I’m glad we like the same authors! Thanks for the visit 🙂

  • Cecilie Blomberg

    That her name is Rainbow, is actually a very good reason why you would want to meet her :3 Also her books are great!

    Here is my TTT:

    • Yes, I totally agree. Her books are amazing which is the REAL reason I’d want to meet her, haha. Her name is just a bonus. Also, I’m really glad you included Victor Hugo on your list! Have you read Les Mis too?

      • Cecilie Blomberg

        I haven’t. I want to, but I’m scared. I have a feeling it’s going to be a really long and difficult book to understand. 😉 I really love the musical though and also Paris in general so I hope I will read it sometime 🙂

  • I’ve only recently started to go out and meet authors and it’s always so much fun. I still have these weird fan girly moments where I’m like ‘this person in front of me wrote this book in my hand, this is so freaking cool!’ and then I mumble a lot and make a complete fool of myself!
    J.K.Rowling made my list too and I have seen her on so many others this week! But it’s totally understandable because she is amazing! I still haven’t read the Lunar Chronicles (they are all sitting very neatly and untouched on my shelf at home!) but from all the amazing things I have heard about the series, once I have read it I am probably going to be wanting to meet her too!
    You have a really great list, all of the authors I could talk about, but then that is a very long comment and I don’t want to be wierd by writing you an entire essay! Happy reading! 🙂

    • Hahaha yes! I wait in line so excited and then I get to the table and have NO idea what to say! I feel like I’m super awkward but that’s okay because I still met them.

      And I hope you read the Lunar Chronicles and I hope you love them.

      Also, you seem awesome so I wouldn’t mind reading an entire essay comment 😛 Thanks for visiting!

  • TRue. Rainbow is enough reason to meet her in person 😀
    Top Ten Tuesday

    • For real though! I actually haven’t read any of the authors on your list, but I’ll have to check them out!

  • I’m really happy you got to meet two of your favourite authors. The only authors I would like to meet are Marisha Pessl (because is an a literary goddess) and Benjamin Alire Saénz (I would read his grocery list and give it five stars)

    • I haven’t read either of their stuff! I’ll have to look into them!